23 Jan 2024

Labour queries decision to cut funding for Office of the Clerk

From Morning Report, 7:42 am on 23 January 2024

The Labour Party says a government proposal to cut funding for Parliament's Office of the Clerk could jeopardise the democratic process. 

The Clerk's office is a parliamentary agency that have been instructed to make savings in the upcoming financial year.

The legislative body plays a critical role in holding the government to account.

Newsroom reports the Clerk of the House David Wilson warned staff it could diminish the service it provides to Parliament, and would limit the work of the legislature.

Wilson, and the Minister of Finance Nicola Willis, declined our interview requests.

Labour's shadow leader of the house Duncan Webb spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.